How to Get a Job in Luxembourg - Guide for Foreign Jobseekers
Luxembourg is one of the most attractive countries in the world for foreign job seekers. If you are foreign national interested to get a job in Luxembourg, this guide will explain you where and how to find jobs in Luxembourg, which are the most popular expat cities and how to get a residence permit for non-EU citizens. You will also find information about requirements, benefits, and salaries for „in-demand“ jobs in Luxembourg.
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According to Eurofound Europa, satisfaction with quality of life, an ability to choose or change methods of work and possibility to accumulate overtime for days off in Luxembourg are at a higher level than EU average.
Employment conditions in Luxembourg are among the most attractive in the world, and local companies can therefore demand high qualification levels for domestic and foreign job seekers.
Before searching for job opportunities in Luxembourg, here you can get information about salaries, requirements and benefits for some in-demand professions in Luxembourg:
in Luxembourg - in-demand profession in Luxembourg based
advisor in Luxembourg – There is a high demand for financial
advisors in investment funds and private banking in Luxembourg.
analyst in Luxembourg – often hired by banks and investment
estate agent in Luxembourg
officer in Luxembourg –loan officer is one of the most
perspective professions in this country, because there are more than
150 banks based in Luxembourg.
in Luxembourg - one of the most popular jobs for English
speaking job seekers in Luxembourg. There
is a high demand for English teachers in Luxembourg, especially by
international schools and some universities
advisor in Luxembourg – in-demand profession, especially for
international companies looking for local corporate tax credits and
in Luxembourg – one of
the highest-paying jobs in Luxembourg, because this profession
requires such specialized skills.
doctor in Luxembourg
worker in Luxembourg – there is a high demand for production
workers in steel production and rubber production companies.
There is a social minimum wage in Luxembourg for skilled workers. If you are considered as a skilled worker in Luxembourg, social minimum wage is about 2.300 EUR. However, many foreign citizens in Luxembourg don’t have valid certificates that can prove their professional experience or valid formal education, so salaries are not always above social minimum wage.
Job searching and job market in Luxembourg
Job seekers interested to work in Luxembourg have many resources available for job searching, from local and international job search engines, to local recruitment companies and employment agencies. There are also many international search engines that include job searching for Luxembourg. Some of the well-known job search engines for job opportunities in Luxembourg are:
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JobFinder – Job boards listings in Luxembourg
MooviJob Luxembourg – Search for job offers in Luxembourg
Jobs in Luxembourg – Here you can explore a listing of various jobs in Luxembourg for English speaking professionals
Monster Luxembourg – part of global online employment search engine, specialized for job opportunities in Luxembourg
Jobs.lu – local jobs search engine
Well known recruitment companies and employment agencies in Luxembourg:
KR Recruitment Luxembourg - a boutique executive recruitment group with offices in Luxembourg and Switzerland
Robert Half Sàrl – Specialized recruitment in Luxembourg
Oceal Intérim – Recruitment agency for permanent and temporary jobs
Fridriks – Recruitment agency for senior level and partner positions in companies
Telluride Recruitment – Local based recruitment agency
Greenfield – Specialist recruiter of finance, legal professionals and accountancy
Lancelot Luxembourg – digital and IT recruitment agency
Employers in Luxembourg offer very attractive job opportunities so the best chances to get a job is to apply for a job that fits your profession and skills. Because of high salaries and great working conditions, huge number of expats are interested in moving and working in Luxembourg. Recruiters in Luxembourg hire the largest number of foreign nationals and cross-border commuters in the following sectors: finance services, health, retail, construction, manufacturing and hospitality.
Remember that there are many regulated professions in Luxembourg, including auditors, accountants, engineers, therapists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and teachers. If you are a foreign resident and your profession is one of those, you will need to get the right qualification recognized by the relevant Luxembourg authority or professional association, before you can start working in Luxembourg.
Foreign workers in Luxembourg
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Luxembourg is a small country with a total area of 2.586 km2 (999 sq mi) situated in western Europe with a population of less than 600.000. Luxembourg is bordered by Belgium, Germany and France. The official languages are Luxembourgish, French, and German, but English is also widely used, especially as a business language in international companies situated in Luxembourg.
About 45% of the population are non-Luxembourgers. Foreign nationals are usually attracted by the job opportunities and high wages in Luxembourg. The largest communities of expatriates in Luxembourg are: Portuguese community, French community, Italian community, and Belgian community. There are also many smaller communities of foreign nationals from countries outside the European Union. The majority of foreign nationals resides in Luxembourg city, economic and administrative hub of the country. Other favorite cities for foreigners to work are also in Luxembourg district: Esch-sur-Alzette, Dudelange, Differdange and Rumelange.
Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world. It has the second highest per capita GDP in the world. Its economy is based on banking, steel and industrial sectors. The official currency in Luxembourg is the Euro. Companies based in Luxembourg employ more than 250 thousand foreign nationals and cross-border commuters.
The typical workweek in Luxembourg is Monday to Friday, with some retail stores and offices also open for a few hours on a Saturday, rarely on a Sunday. Standard work time for employees in Luxembourg is eight hours a day and 40 hours a week, and the maximum working hours cannot exceed ten hours a day and 48 hours a week.
The largest employers in Luxembourg (excluding public sector jobs) are: The Post Luxembourg Group, The CFL Group (the state railway company), The ArcelorMittal Group (steel-making company), The Cactus Group (retail sector), BGL BNP Paribas (financial services), The Dussmann Luxembourg Group (cleaning activities), Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations SA (manufacturer of rubber products).
How to get work visa for Luxembourg
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Job seekers with citizenship in countries of the European Union, as well as Switzerland, don’t need a work visa or work permit to apply for jobs in Luxembourg. But if you intend to stay longer than 90 days, you must go to the local Municipal Office to declare arrival and intention to stay within the first seven days of arriving.
If you are non-EU citizen and coming to Luxembourg for employment or self-employment for longer than 90 days will require a residence permit. Obtaining a residence permit requires solid effort and paperwork, but if you arrive in Luxembourg and seeking for a job opportunities, you will have 90 days to legally be in Luxembourg and find a job.
Besides employee contract, as a necessary requirement for obtaining a residence permit, there are few other requirements to get a residence permit:
Minimum wage in employee contract is not less than social minimum wage in Luxembourg
Certificate for a worker’s profession (formal education degree)
Proof of two years’ experience and a certificate if an employee is hired for manual skills
Workers with no certificate for certain profession must proof ten years of practical experience in similar field
Workers with a profession that doesn’t require a certificate must proof six years of practical experience in similar field
It is recommended to apply for a residence permit as soon as you have an employer contract, because it might take a couple of months to process your application.
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – Eurofound - www.eurofound.europa.eu/country/luxembourg
National Statistics Institute of Luxembourg (STATEC) - www.statistiques.public.lu/fr/entreprises/index.html
EURES (Information on labor market in Luxembourg) - https://ec.europa.eu/eures/public/en/homepage
KR Recruitment Luxembourg - www.krrecruitment.com/jobs/
Robert Half Sàrl –www.roberthalf.be/en/luxembourg
m – www.oceal-interim.lu
MooviJob Luxembourg –www.editus.lu/en/job
Jobs in Luxembourg –www.jobsinluxembourg.eu
Telluride Recruitment –www.telluride-search.com
Jobs.lu - https://en.jobs.lu
Lancelot Luxembourg - www.lancelot.jobs
Monster Luxembourg - www.monster.lu/en/